What to Expect
Kushimoto Town is located in the southernmost tip of Honshu Island.
Speaking of Kushimoto, the first thing coming into our head is maguro or tuna, especially blue fin tuna. Kinki university first succeeded with the culture of maguro in Kushimoto. It is the first success in the world. Therefore you can eat tuna for lunch.
Furthermore there is a Turkish Memorial Museum. Have you ever heard of the distress of Ertugrul? In june 1890 a Turkish firgate, the Ertugrul arrived in Japan wiith a crew of about 650. After completing their mission of friendship, the Ertugrul and her crew set out for home, the Ertugrul encountered a violent storm in the typhoon and was hit the rocks at Kashinozaki Lighthouse in Kushimoto on the September 16th 1890. You can check the rocks from the Museum. In the end the Ertugrul sank and 587 crew were dead and the surviver was only 69. The remains of the Ertugrul still lie on the bottom of the sea off Oshima Island. Oshima islanders devoted themselves to rescue the crew. This triggered the deep relationship between Kushimoto Town and Turkish nation. Kushimoto town became a sister sity to Yakakent town of Turkey In 1964.
( The Turkey-Japan joint movie "Kainan 1890" on the theme of the distress of Ertugrul will be open on December 5th 2015 in Japan)
There is the Kashinozaki Lighthouse close to the Turkish Memorial Museum. It is the oldest stone lighthouse in Japan. There is a monument to the memory of 587 Turkish sailors who died in the line of duty.
At the Kushimoto Marine Park, tropical fish and their ecosystems can be viewed from the submarine "STELLA MARIS" and observation tower.
The coast north west of Kushimoto stretching 850 meters in a straight line is the beautiful rock formations called "Hashigui." It is a very scenic place where many photographors are captured by its beauty. About 15 million years ago the volcanic activity made magma solidified under the ground and flexible mudstone was eroded. Then igneous rocks in the form of bridge column showed up.